Chef Alexandre PurroyHaving held marquis chef positions at five star hotels in over ten countries as well as operating his own restaurant in Maui, Hawaii, Alexandre Purroy has spent the last fifteen years as chef/owner of Doce Lunas in Kenwood. He now takes the reins of the Sonoma State University dining services as the new executive chef.

Sonoma State has several dining facilities on campus, from the Student Center dining hall, known as the Kitchens, to the fine dining Prelude restaurant at the Green Music Center, and everything in between.

wearable tech antennaThe Apple Watch is the latest gadget in the wearable technology game, but it's not the first, or certainly the last, wireless communication device that will live on our bodies. Sonoma State University engineering science professor Haider Khaleel says the revenue of the wearable technology field is estimated to be $28 billion over the next five years.

"I have been amazed by these wearable electronics since they emerged about 14 years ago," says Khaleel, who specializes in wearable technology and published a textbook on the subject last year.

health.jpgLow cost physical examinations and health appraisals for well adults and children are available through the SSU Nursing Department's Family Nurse Practitioner Program. The exams are supervised by nursing faculty and performed by family nurse practitioner students who are registered nurses enrolled in the Master's nursing program.

The SSU Family Nurse Practitioner Health Maintenance Center is offering these exams on Tuesdays, April 7, 14, 21, for the spring semester. The cost of a physical examination is $20, Pap smear $35, cholesterol check $15, hearing tests are free and a DMV physical examination is $65. Copies of records are given to clients upon request as well as mailed to private physicians or agencies.

waterpolo.jpgBaseball: Seawolves Battle, Lose in 14th Inning to CSU East Bay
After falling behind early in the game, the Sonoma State baseball team came back to tie the CSU East Bay Pioneers 4-4 in the sixth inning at home Saturday, but neither team scored again until the Pioneers took the lead once and for all in the 14th inning. The Seawolves lost the game 4-5, dropping their record to 14-14 in the CCAA.

Women's Water Polo: Women's Water Polo Downed Twice At Otter Tank In Seaside
The Sonoma State women's water polo team suffered a pair of losses in Seaside on Saturday, losing 4-10 to UC San Diego before falling 5-9 to host Cal State Monterey Bay several hours later. The Seawolves fell to 7-17 this season.

model un studentsA group of 24 Sonoma State University students earned a third place delegation award at the National Model United Nations Conference last week in New York City.

The students, led by political science professor Cynthia Boaz, participated in the program with more than 4,000 students from 400 universities across the globe. This year, Sonoma State represented Nigeria, which presented a variety of difficulties because of the nation's controversial politics and ongoing national issues. The team handled it well, earning Sonoma State's 10th award in the past five years.

clothesline project shirts on clotheslineSexual assault is hard to talk about, especially for survivors. But when one in five women are sexually assaulted in college, the topic must be addressed. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Sonoma State University is holding several events to initiate conversation about the uncomfortable subject.

Visually, banners are up on light poles around campus and student-made shirts decrying sexual violence are hanging up in the Student Center plaza as part of the clothesline project from April 6 to 9, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The shirts were made by students over the past 10 years, many of whom are survivors of a sexual assault.

diamandopoulos.jpgDr. Peter Diamandopoulos, the fourth president of Sonoma State University, passed away on April 1. Information from his obituary in the New York Times is below.

You Are Here dance project.jpgSonoma State University has selected the recipients of the Green Music Center Academic Integration Project awards for 2015. The overriding goal is to fund proposals that demonstrate tangible connections between the academic program and the GMC. The scope of projects is deliberately broad to allow for creative proposals that go beyond using the GMC as a standard lecture theatre. In total, $105,000 was awarded to ten projects.

Project: Instrumental Music Methods Outreach
Professor: Dr. Andy Collinsworth
Summary: To purchase several musical instruments necessary for training students in the Sonoma State University Music Education program how to play and teach a variety of woodwind, brass and percussion instruments. To establish a link between students in the SSU Music Education program and students and teachers from area elementary school music programs.

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